Thursday, October 28, 2010

For Colored Girls Behind-The-Scenes: Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg & More

Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine, Phylicia Rashad, Tessa Thompson and the lady in red, Janet about name dropping! This ensemble of mega talent and artistry in "For Colored Girls" is simply astounding. And then add to that the impact of the original, award-winning stage play by Ntozake Shange, then you realize just how powerful a written and performed work can be.

But not only that, pause for just a moment a think of the contributions these women individually have made to the world of entertainment whether stage, television, or film. It's what I sincerely call amazing! Yes, it's an overused word, especially in Hollywood, but it best describes the body of work these artists have contributed to the world even before "For Colored Girls."

In the video below, listen to the original writer of "For Colored Girls", Ntozake Shange, and the film's actresses share their insights on the play, the highly anticipated film, their individual roles, and Tyler Perry's direction while on the set in New York. There's great behind-the-scenes footage as well.

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

For Colored Girls NY Premiere

This was a HUGE event! A Beautiful moment in time celebrating black women, not just as women but as artists. The coverage below is not mine, but I'm sure you'll enjoy it anyway. I've added both the NY Post and the YBF videos so that you'll get a better sense of who was there on the red carpet. They are the first media outlets to post their coverage on YouTube.

Now if you're asking why I wasn't there to participate in such a wonderful event, came down to a battle between "wants" and "needs" and "needs" won in the final round. Huge thanks Red Sea for the invite to cover! But judging by some of the questions and comments these young reporters asked, yeah maybe "wants" should've been given an extra round. But know that I tried to be represented there, but my NY connects are not as strong as I thought them to be. Holla at a fellow blogger, NY entertainment bloggers and videographers!

I mean really why ask a veteran of film, tv, and stage like Loretta Devine, "Do you think you'll continue acting?" WHAT THE HELL? Did that YBF reporter really think after a successful career in entertainment spanning longer than the reporter's been alive, Devine would switch up and become a rapper or something? I'm all for on the job training, but damn do some research! Not to mention, my audience isn't necessarily a YBF, nor NY Post audience so I'll stop there before I'm handing a glass of Haterade. LOL

Friday, October 15, 2010

Jenifer Lewis Talks Hereafter, Princess & The Frog, & Bi-Polar Disease

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You never have to question if the force also known as Jenifer Lewis has entered the room. Engaging, funny, commanding, yes maybe even loud, but that's okay because unlike many people in this world, Lewis doesn't hide in a crowd; she lives out loud and inspires those in her presence to do the same.

She's vivrant, sexy and without a doubt could teach a young entertainer a thang or two about how to maneuver in this fickle business of show. She's put in "the work" for over 20 years on and off stage and screen and even carries the title of the "Black Mother of Hollywood" proudly.

From "Poetic Justice", "A Different World", "What's Love Got To Do With It", "The Brothers", "Princess And The Frog" to many more Lewis is that recognizable matriarch that sets you straight in every scene. Some may call it type-casting, but to Lewis it's those roles that have helped establish her as a house hold name in black households.

But don't get it twisted! Jenifer Lewis is a highly respected and recognizable star PERIOD, amongst white and black audiences. And currently, she's in Clint Eastwood's "Hereafter" with Matt Damon. In this funny yet candid interview, we discuss her newest role, upcoming projects, and the not-so-laughable topic of mental illness. Take a listen and share with me your favorite Jennifer Lewis role.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Essence Atkins, Lamman Rucker: Sex On Set of New Movie, N-Secure

Given the choice to blog about doing a love scene with Lamman Rucker or actually doing a love scene with the gorgeous actor, which do you think I'd choose? High five to you that chose the latter, I know I'm not alone!

Unfortunately, the chance to do such a scene has not presented itself yet, so here I sit with Tyrone, my beloved Mac daddy, blogging instead. Good thing, Tyrone's not the jealous type.

But instead of hating on actresses that have had the opportunity to make out with my favorite sexy male actors like Lamman, I live vicariously through them. Once such moment occurred recently while interviewing Essence Atkins and Lamman, cast members of the new film, "N-Secure", which hits theaters October 15th.

I asked the two veteran actors about hot sex--on screen that is. Lights! Camera! Action! In most cases no one's screaming "I'm sorry Mrs. Jackson" off screen, but you'd never know it by what we see on screen. Listen to Lamman and Essence explain sex on set of "N-Secure".

Sidenote: Yes, I did find out how good Lamman smells. How? Well, let me just say it's one of the perks of being a resourceful entertainment blogger:-) *wink*. Just visit the Hollywood As I Live & Work Facebook Fan Page to see how.

Saturday, October 09, 2010

Essence Atkins, Lamman Rucker, Caryn Ward Talk New Film, N-Secure

When a businessman's seemingly minor insecurities turn into major drawbacks, there's bound to be some crazy drama. Add to that a little murder, suspense, and romance and you've got a great indie flick, called "N-Secure", heading to theaters October 15th.

Starring Essence Atkins ("Half and Half"), Cordell Moore ("Diary of a Mad Black Woman", the play), Denise Boutte ("Meet the Browns") Lamman Rucker ("Why Did I Get Married Too"), Tempestt Bledsoe ("The Cosby Show"), Caryn Ward ("The Game"), and Elise Neal ("My Manny", "Hustle & Flow"), "N-Secure" obviously has a great cast of familiar faces and is the film debut for Moore who you may recognize from Tyler Perry's stage plays.

The story centers around David Washington (Moore). He's good-looking, successful, and even charming. But beneath it all is a controlling, vengeful man who will stop at nothing to protect his image and keep what he believes he owns. And soon Robin, the ex-fiance portrayed by Atkins, and Tina, the current bride-to-be played by Boutte, come to realize David is more than a little insecure.

Shot totally in Memphis, "N-Secure", was produced by Julius Lewis, a prominent local concert promoter and directed by David M. Matthews ("Half and Half"). "N-Secure" is his directorial debut. The film is co-written by Lewis and actress, Christine Taylor ("Yogi Bear", "Dodgeball"). Interestingly, Taylor is also the wife of actor, Ben Stiller.

Recently, I talked with the director and cast members about the film and their roles. So watch my interviews, share them with friends, and be sure to check the "N-Secure" official website for ticket information. Again, the film hits theaters OCTOBER 15th. Support it!

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